A Prayer For You
As your trainer, your coach, your friend I want more than anything for you to be healthy- spiritually, physically and mentally. The intent of this week’s blog is to bridge the gap between our physical wellbeing and our spiritual well-being.
Having said that, I couldn’t think of a better way to start off our first Monday Morning Motivation than with John’s words found in his final epistle. This very passage of scripture is not only my wish but my prayer for each of you.
Connecting our physical and spiritual wellbeing doesn’t seem to be natural for us.
The two (physical and spiritual) actually seem completely separate and unrelated. But, they’re not separate at all. We are actually made up of 3 parts: Mind, Body & Spirit:
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thes 5:23 NASB
Notice the part where John says; “as it goes well with your soul.” What goes well with our soul? Good Health. Good health and our souls are the perfect pair. They go well together. They go together better than peanut butter and jelly, Cagney & Lacey, Batman & Robin- you get the point.
We have a tendency to compartmentalize Jesus (notice I said WE). We allow Him to be part of some areas of our lives but not others. Our daily health choices seems to be one of those areas in which we leave Him out of. He is quite welcome in our spiritual lives because, well… He is spiritual. But allowing Him into our daily health choices…not so much. It is only after we have neglected our body that we openly and even pleadingly invite Him in and take the reins. Scripture tell us that our bodies are not our own (1 Cor 6:16-20). They belong to God- so why would we attempt to leave Him out of our daily health choices? (more on this in our next blog)
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
An Act of Worship
As Christian women it is even more so important for us to make our health high on our priority list. Why? Because taking care of our body is an act of worship.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 NLV
Neglecting our physical bodies impacts every area of our lives. We cannot do what God has called us to do if we are tired all of the time or sick. Having to take expensive medication because we would rather eat and drink what we want is being very irresponsible with the provisions that He has given.
One commentator put it this way: “Having an attitude that the physical well-being isn’t important in the Christian life logically leads to one of two responses: neglect of the body and physical health or indulgence of the bodies sinful desires.”
The choices we make on a daily basis make up our overall health- whether we are in good health or bad- physically, spiritually and mentally (mind/body/soul). It is important that we take care of all three parts and not neglect any. It is even more important that we allow Christ into every part of our daily lives, including our daily health choices.
I have put together a list of some of my personal spiritual, physical and mental needs as a reminder to myself. Feel free to use my list or create your own personalized list.
|My Spiritual Needs||My Physical Needs||My Mental Needs|
|Be in God’s Word each and every day.||Exercise my body daily.||Plenty of Rest each night (and some naps)
|Be in constant communication with Jesus||Fuel my body with foods that are nourishing.||Let God handle the concerns of the day.
|Let God govern every area of my life.||Get annual check-ups, well-woman exam & mammograms||Create a healthy environment for me and my family.
|Surround myself with spiritually mature friends.||Do monthly self-breast exams||Let God teach me how to love and respect myself in a Holy way.
|Let God teach me how to be disciplined in a Holy way.||Allow God to remove people in my life that need to be removed.|
I’m praying , daily, that all may go well with you and your families and that you may be in good health.
Lord, I desire to honor you with every part of my being- mind, body and soul. Show me what that looks like. Give me a clear understanding of your desire for my physical & spiritual health. Guide me, direct my path to making the right choices for my spiritual and physical body. Remove anything or anyone in my life that does not belong. Fill me with your presence. Amen